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Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 versus Nikkor 85mm f/1.4
Old 06-09-2005, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm currently using the (very affordable) 50mm f/1.8.

While I've had fun and it has its charms, I'm ready to upgrade.

Having learned from the 50mm that it may be better to cough up the extra dough and get what will really do the job in the first place...

Is the difference between the 85mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8 worth the (large) difference in price?

I'm already aware of the facts - same compression (same focal length), more options/faster shooting in lower light situations.

What I'm looking for is real-world feedback from Nikon shooters that have owned and used both.

Any noticeable difference in basic image quality between them?
Bokeh noticeably better on either one?
Contrast? Sharpness? Etc...

Hint: I'm looking for any solid excuse to get the f/1.4 over the f/1.8, but at the same time I'm itching to get something better than this 50mm NOW...
 
 
Re: Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 versus Nikkor 85mm f/1.4
Old 06-09-2005, 01:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Greetings! Have a look at Bjorn Rorslett for his take on the 85mm AF. I have the manual 85mm 1.4 and it performs as he states in his review. I use it for film and digital in and out of the studio.
This is Dee shot w/ D70 & Nikkor 85mm MF metered for ambient lighting and opened up EV +1/3
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Look at the MTF charts...
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...and also ask for feedback at The Nikonians.

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Re: Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 versus Nikkor 85mm f/1.4
Old 06-09-2005, 03:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would also like to hear what people say.. I have the 50mm 1.4 AF along with a few other lens and I hate it. It's just not a very well made lens.

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Re: Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 versus Nikkor 85mm f/1.4
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Last year I changed my small format gear from nikon to Canon but I kept an F5 and a D100 body plus two lenes, one is the 85 1.4, it is one of the nicest lenes I've ever owned, what you decide will be based on budget and your shooting style but for me it is a great lens and worth every cent.

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Re: Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 versus Nikkor 85mm f/1.4
Old 06-09-2005, 05:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have used both and own the 85mm f/1.4. Both lenses are sharp, have no distortion, and focus accurately and quickly on my F4. They both have nine-bladed diaphrams. The f/1.8 is sharp even wide open. The f/1.4 is just a little bit soft in the corners, and there's about 1/5 stop light falloff in the corners as well. Softness and falloff disappear at f1.8. But the bokeh on the 1.4 is wonderful, whereas the bokah on the 1.8s I've tried were less than desirable. On two different samples the edges of out-of-focus highlights were pretty sharp, looking like doughnuts. The bokah on my f/1.4 remains circular (doesn't start to look polygonal) until f/5.6 or /f6.7 and the specular highlights fall off from center to edge. I didn't keep any of the f/1.8's long enough to see if they exhibit the same behavior with respect to the diaphram.

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